What Is the Resource Center?
The Resource Center is a place where cancer patients and their families can find information, support, assistance, resources and materials designed to educate, comfort and guide them through their cancer journey.
Here you can browse the lending library of books and DVDs, borrow a laptop computer, find the right hat, scarf or wig, connect with a support group, get a chair massage, sign up for yoga and more. We can also connect you with other Roswell Park departments and supportive services that can help you. Not able to come to the center? We can visit you in your inpatient room to bring you materials or comfort items, or style your wig. Some of our services include:
Patient Education and Support
We offer original Roswell Park education and supportive materials, as well as publications and reference materials from national and local patient and professional organizations. Topics include nutrition, managing side effects, caregiver support, relaxation techniques and available resources.
For more information on these programs, visit our Women's Resource Center.
Our library offers a wealth of informational resources that cover all aspects of cancer, from symptoms, diagnosis and treatment to coping, wellness and even palliative care. You may not feel like spending days here to learn what you need to know about your situation, so we offer a lending library of resources that you can sign out and use from the comfort of your home. You can return the resources in person or by mail. Available materials include printed materials, plus audio and video formats.
In addition to the patient education materials created doctors and nurses at Roswell Park, the Resource Center provides educational materials from government, professional and patient organizations, including the National Cancer Institute, National Comprehensive Cancer Network and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Wig, Scarf and Hat Boutique
For patients experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment, we provide a wig and a head covering. We have a private fitting area, and professional stylists are available by appointment to custom fit and style your wig to make sure it’s just right.
Start browsing now with our wig catalog.
Look Good Feel Better
This program can help you enhance your appearance and boost your self-esteem while you’re undergoing cancer treatment. Workshops demonstrate beauty techniques — skin care, makeup, and nail care, as well as how to use wigs, scarves, hats, hairpieces and other accessories — to help you face your diagnosis with greater confidence. Learn more about Look Good Feel Better.
Chemotherapy and Infusion Orientation
Before you begin chemotherapy, our staff and specially trained volunteers can tell you what to expect and connect you with information, tools and resources you may need or that can ease the burden of treatment and side effects. Bring your card from your chemotherapy nurse to receive a tote bag filled with useful supplies, including a notepad, water bottle and folder of helpful information. We offer these one-on-one orientations to all our patients undergoing chemotherapy or other infusion treatments, and their families and caregivers.
With thanks to our many volunteers and community organizations, we are able to offer our patients beautiful handmade hats, blankets, quilts, port pillows, sleep caps, paper flowers and shawls as we receive them.
Cancer Coach Program
Newly diagnosed patients often wish they had someone to talk to who has been in their shoes. Our Cancer Coach program offers patients the opportunity to speak with cancer survivors who know firsthand the impact of a cancer diagnosis. Patients are matched with a coach based on their diagnosis, cancer stage, gender and/or age. Cancer Coaches are trained and dedicated volunteers who provide comfort, support and practical information. (They do not provide medical advice.) We currently have 75 active coaches, and we are always recruiting more.
Free 10-minute chair massages or hand reflexology are offered to patients and families approximately once a week. Check the Roswell Park calendar for upcoming dates.
Read more about the benefits of oncology massage.
Resource Center Location: Inside the Sunflower Café, just past the cash registers
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.